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Directed By
Produced By
Neal Edelstein
Mary Sweeney
Written By
John Roach
Mary Sweeney
Cast
Richard Farnsworth
Sissy Spacek
Jane Galloway Heitz
Everett McGill
Country
Language
English
Release Date
1999
Runtime
1 hr 52 mins
Rating
Rating PG (US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, excl. Nova Scotia/Ontario)
Template:U (UK, France)
Rating PG (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Template:F(Ontario, Canada)
Budget
$? million
Gross
$?


The Straight Story is a 1999 film based on the true story of Alvin Straight to visit his brother who is in ill health. Straight traveled from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin on a lawnmower.

Plot SummaryEdit

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

Essentially, Alvin Straight finds out that his brother has had a stroke. He comes by this information second-hand, as he has not spoken to his brother for a long time. He decides that he must see his brother, but since he can't drive a car and refuses to be driven, he decides to drive a riding lawnmower. The film is the story of his journey and the people he meets along the way.


Spoilers end here.


Detailed PlotEdit

AwardsEdit

source: IMDB

Academy Awards, USA (2000) Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role (Richard Farnsworth)
Bodil Awards (2000) Won Best American Film (David Lynch)
British Independent Film Awards (2000) Won Best Foreign Film - English Language
Camerimage (1999) Nominated Golden Frog (Freddie Francis)
Cannes Film Festival (1999) Nominated Golden Palm (David Lynch)
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2000) Nominated Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2000) Nominated Best Director (David Lynch)
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2000) Nominated Best Picture
Cinema Brazil Grand Prize (2003) Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain (2001) Won Best Foreign Film
Csapnivalo Awards (2000) Nominated Best Art Movie
European Film Awards (1999) Won USA (David Lynch)
Fotogramas de Plata (2001) Won Best Foreign Film (David Lynch)
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (1999) Won Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
Golden Globes, USA (2000) Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Angelo Badalamenti)
Golden Globes, USA (2000) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Richard Farnsworth)
Guldbagge Awards (2000) Nominated Best Foreign Film (Bästa utländska film) USA.
Independent Spirit Awards (2000) Won Best Male Lead (Richard Farnsworth)
Independent Spirit Awards (2000) Nominated Best Director (David Lynch)
Independent Spirit Awards (2000) Nominated Best Feature (Mary Sweeney, Neal Edelstein)
Independent Spirit Awards (2000) Nominated Best First Screenplay (John Roach, Mary Sweeney)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2000) Nominated Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2000) Nominated Best Cinematography (Freddie Francis)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2000) Nominated Best Director (David Lynch)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2000) Nominated Best Score (Angelo Badalamenti)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2000) Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Sissy Spacek)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (1999) Won Best Actor (Richard Farnsworth)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (1999) Won Best Cinematographer (Freddie Francis)

TriviaEdit

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  • There are no chapter stops on the DVD, as the director wanted the film to be seen as a whole.

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